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February 10, 2007

Shorties

The St. Petersburg Times offers chocolate gift suggestions for Valentine's Day.

Emily's Milk Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies

What it is: A Chinese takeout-style carton of chocolate-dipped fortune cookies, each containing a romantic message. A box of six costs $4.99. www.emilyschocolates.com

Ideal recipient: That girl you've been flirting with at work

What it says: "Please notice me! I'm quirky and funny and sweet! Let's open them together!"

Would go great with: A mix CD of indie-rock love songs by artists like Rosie Thomas and the Magnetic Fields. Just go easy on the Coldplay, okay, Mr. Braff?


Yoko Ono talks to the Globe and Mail about her new album, Yes, I'm a Witch.

The disc title "is purposely ironic," Ono laughs. "For years, people were saying, 'Oh, she's a dragon lady' and I was feeling hurt. Now I'm glad that people think I'm a dragon lady, because the dragon is a powerful creature. So is a witch. Witches have a very bad name, but their male counterparts -- wizards -- have a good name. Think about that! I've turned it on its head."


Popmatters examines the recent glut of terrorism novels.


The Tolkien Music List lists music inspired by the works of author J.R.R, Tolkien.


Mobtown Shank wraps up 2006 with some miscellaneous lists.


Singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh performs in the Minnesota Public Radio studios.


WXPN's World Cafe is streaming a live performance by singer-songwriter Patty Griffin.


In Harp, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg expresses his love for Little Feat's "Willin'''.

“It’s a monumental song, and it comes and goes in my head at difficult times. Although it’s one of the great choruses, it’s the openings of each verse, the pledge that’s in those lines—‘I’ve been stung by the rain/Driven by the snow/I’m drunk and dirty but don’t you know/I’m still willin’—that speaks to things you need in order to do the job of a musician. You can’t do this job if it’s all too much."


WXPN's World Cafe profiles six Grammy nominees.


The Stones Throw Records podcast this week features an hour-long mix in tribute to J Dilla.


The Bat Segundo Show literary podcast features three new episodes this week including interviews with authors Heidi Julavits, Neal Pollack & Ngugi wa Thiong'o & Carrie A.A. Frye.


In the New York Times, author Michael Chabon continues his serialized novel with chapter 3 of Gentlemen of the Road.

Speaking of Chabon, Paramount Studios has put the film adaptation of his novel, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay in turnaround, according to IGN.


Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan talks to the Daily Yomiuri.

"We make millions of mistakes when we're playing, but you just learn that they don't matter that much. It's gone, you've made a mistake and it's over," Kaplan says from his tour bus somewhere on the road in the American South, chalking up the band's live successes to the willingness "to play badly in the pursuit of playing well."


The Guardian examines which books are most borrowed from UK libraries.


The CBC lists the shortlisted books for Canada's Commonwealth Writers Prize.


Philadelphia Gay News interviews director John Waters about his music compilation, A Date with John Waters.

PGN: You also get the feeling that this CD could be the soundtrack for a ’70s B horror movie?

JW: My whole life might be good for a ’70s B horror movie. In a way, there’s a thin line between the Groom Raper or the Groom Reaper. I’m always confused about which one I am. Seventies horror film? I guess it’s closer to a soundtrack to my real life or my movies. All my soundtracks for all of my other movies are basically used as a narrative to tell a story. So I think I use music always to seduce and for humor, which, isn’t that the way? You make someone laugh and you can get laid.


The Guardian interviews LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.

Where the hood at?

Sadly it's in Williamsburg, I've moved there. I miss Manhattan. The problem isn't that it's too gentrified, just that there's too much of the same people. In Manhattan it's mixed up. Old and young, families, yuppies, artists that have moved there and never left, plumbers, teachers. In Williamsburg it's all white 19-40 year-old vaguely hipster people like me. It's not diverse enough and makes you feel a bit like a caricature.


Actress Mandy Moore talks to the Washington Post about self-releasing her latest album, Wild Hope.

"I don't know if the significance of having an actual label behind you really means anything to people anymore," she says. "People are discovering music on MySpace; they're watching videos on YouTube. I don't think you need that whole big machine behind you. And in this day and age, I'm happy to be a bit of a guinea pig."


IGN lists the top 25 jazz albums.


Explosions in the Sky's Michael James talks to Drowned in Sound.

“It’s shocking to me that sometimes we have any fans at all, because I’ve grown up listening to music and being profoundly affected by it, whether it’s instrumental or with lyrics. I have a huge emotional connection to music of all kinds, so to think that someone has an emotional connection like that to music we’ve made, it’s a very humbling feeling. And a great feeling, too.”


press rewind if I haven’t blown your mind is a hip hop mp3 blog that marries older magazine articles wit music downloads.


CBC Radio has an exclusive interview with two members of the Arcade Fire.


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